COOKEVILLLE, Tenn. – A four-run seventh inning pushed Tennessee Tech to a come-from-behind 11-7 win over SIUE baseball in game two of a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series at Bush Stadium.
The Cougars, who have lost three straight, fell to 10-8 overall and 2-3 in the OVC. Tennessee Tech is 14-6 overall and 5-0 in OVC play.
The Cougars built a 4-0 lead with four two-out runs in the second and third innings. SIUE scored three times in the second inning thanks to an RBI-single by Keaton Wright and a two-run double by Jared McCunn. Eric Giltz added a two-out RBI-hit in the third to make it 4-0.
SIUE starter Danny Ehrsam kept the TTU offense in check through five scoreless innings.
"Danny had an outstanding outing," SIUE Head Coach Sean Lyons said. "He kept the ball down and kept them off balance. He worked both sides of the plate."
Ehrsam started the sixth inning but left after surrendering a hit and a pair of walks. He finished with three runs over 5 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out three.
Tennessee Tech scored four times in the sixth to tie the score. Collin Harris tripled with the bases loaded to cap the inning.
The Cougars answered in the top of the seventh when Wright singled and McCunn reached on an error to open the frame. Two batters later, Brock Weimer drove a double to right-center field to put SIUE back on top 6-4.
"Brock Weimer had a huge double for us in the top of the seventh after they had tied it; that was big-time," Lyons said. "We answered the bell. It was unfortunate we weren't able to hold it."
The Golden Eagles scored four more times in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good at 8-6. TTU scored three more times in the eighth to make it 11-6.
Wright hit his third home run of the year leading off the ninth inning for the final margin.
"In contrast to Danny's outing, where he commanded the zone, we got ourselves in trouble with some walks and leaving pitches up," Lyons said of the bullpen. "That's a good hitting team and we made some mistakes up in the zone after we created some bad situations."
The Cougars outhit Tennessee Tech 13-11. The top five in the lineup combined for 10 hits.
"The top half of our lineup is really starting to produce," Lyons said.
Wright was 3 for 4 with the home run and two RBIs.
"We're waiting for when Keaton is going to really break out," Lyons added. "He was able to turn on a couple of balls which was really good to see. The home run in the ninth was good to see."
"It's good to see our guys driving the baseball," Lyons said. "Hopefully it is a sign of things to come."
The Cougars will look to salvage a win from the series Sunday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.